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    Bicycle Rider & Mechanic Trekbikedude's Avatar
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    Want to get into BMX racing

    Hey guys John here been riding a lot these days and I am considering bmx racing. I am looking at the redline proline expert 20 inch or the haro sx comp and I was wondering which bike is better. These bikes both seem to be very good racing bikes and I need some advice.



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    Honestly, racing sucks.

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    Well, I also want to ride a really lightweight bmx bike too. I also just like the fact it is a racing bike so please any advice on the two bikes mentioned above here are the links:
    http://www.redlinebicycles.com/bmxra...ne-expert.html
    http://harobikes.com/bmx/sxcomp.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by queensrider86
    Honestly, racing sucks.
    Hey, guess what, you're a vacuous lout! Anyway, Trekbikedude, welcome to bmx racing, I know you'll like it, its alot of fun. You're right, both bikes are good racing bikes and personally, I think it just comes down to which one you prefer. Haros are definitely proven bikes but alot of people ride them and that's why I tend to not like them as much. The best thing to do is see if your LBS has one or both of these bikes so you can check them out and ride them to see how they feel. Good luck with your search!

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    Quote Originally Posted by queensrider86
    Honestly, racing sucks.
    You suck, but never make a big deal about that, do we?

    Back to Trekkie - I have a Haro, and I had a Felt. I tried a Redline too. There's no difference on the track. For two bikes with evenly matched spec, you might as well choose by color. I think they both use a proprietary BB, other than that there's no advantage to either one, it's all about the rider.

    [edit] Haro changed to TruVativ cranks. I like the spec on the Haro better, but they'll be pretty much equal on the track.
    Last edited by Brian; 10-16-05 at 03:10 AM.

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    Alright Thanks guys I was looking at the Haro as well, my lbs carries bith of the bikes and I really like the looks of the haro so I guess I will go with that bike. Once again thank you for the decision on the bike.

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    Dude, I just bought a Redline Flight Expert fo my son. Seems like a great bike. Light, strong enough for racing. Racing is great. Don't listent to anyone that tells you other wise. They will have there own reasons to not want to compete ona a professionally groomed and set up track. Even if you don't race to win. just going to the practices and entering and riding the track is worht the money spent. Tracks are AWSOME to ride on. And you get to sped the day with a hundred other guys that share your interest. Which is very cool. And to your surprise, you will probably see some pretty fast girl ripping it up on the track. It's a different scene than just goofing aroun on the trail or some parking lot somewhere. At least check it out. there are at least a few races left this year. Join the ABA at the track and get on the track A.S.A.P. You wont regret it. You membership is good till the same day next year. Around here racing starts back up in April. Getting on the track now will give you some idea what to work on till the start of next season, and you'll be ready to tear it up.

    Enjoy man.

    One more thing. Some guys on here that don't race and aren't interested will not understand why anyone would buy a light race bike. But it's what you want for racing. Tricks bike are great for trails, but race bikes are made for the track.
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    Sizing is gonna be the more important question. The vast bulk of race bikes you'll find in any given bike shop are sized for kids ages 13-17 or so. If you're a reasonably tall adult (around 6' or so) you're going to want to look for bikes in the 'pro XL' or 'pro XXL' categories...typically running about 21.5"-22.75" in the top tube, or think about racing cruisers (especially if you're coming from an MTB or road background and you're not used to tiny bikes).

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    Hey, I just noticed you are in Del. I'm near Harrisburg PA. I'm riding a Haro cruiser. I think if I were serious, I'd buy a btter bike. Maybe in a year or so. It's not the bike that's keeping me from being better though. But my bike seems to be pretty tough. I haven't broken anything, just tweeked the back wheel a little. But a few turns of the spoke nipples and it's all good. At my size, I don't think I could save on the weight of a bike without destroying it.
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    Duct tape stem pad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    Duct tape stem pad!
    It's foam pipe insulation, held in place with duct tape. It's was quite affordable. And *safe*.
    My crossbar pad is the same pad, held on with electrical tape. I'm a cheap redneck. hehe

    But feel free to FedEx me some pads if you like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darin
    It's foam pipe insulation, held in place with duct tape. It's was quite affordable. And *safe*.
    My crossbar pad is the same pad, held on with electrical tape. I'm a cheap redneck. hehe

    But feel free to FedEx me some pads if you like.
    I've got the all white set for my wife's bike, the one we just sold. With a matching "Girl Star" plate too. And a stack of the Mongoose sets too. They were US$.99, and I sell them for AU$15. I make so much I can afford $67 cable TV.

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    Now that's what business is all about. I'm in business for myself, but it's labor. So I don't have anything to sell but myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darin
    Now that's what business is all about. I'm in business for myself, but it's labor. So I don't have anything to sell but myself.
    You're your own pimp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    You're your own pimp.

    Yeah pretty much, I'm on my knees all day for a buck. Crawing around for "Mr's Smith". Well, for her new floorcovering anyway.
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